What technique is used in this image to produce such colors?

Is it just saturation and hue adjustment?

Runaway, by Omair Haq

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    You might get better results with this question if you can describe the effect in words.
    – mattdm
    Mar 27 '12 at 22:36
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    Could you put the image in your question? (You download the image first if it's not yours)
    – J. Walker
    Mar 28 '12 at 0:45
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    If it's not yours, make sure you get permission before re-uploading here. If you don't have that permission, linking is the most polite.
    – mattdm
    Mar 28 '12 at 15:29
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    Permission has been granted; see below.)
    – mattdm
    Mar 28 '12 at 16:53

I took that picture a few years ago so I don't exactly remember. My usual technique when i used to have photoshop was to start off with the auto adjusts, and then messing around with the curves with no goal in mind. I would just try random things and see which combinations I liked best. Also, for this picture I desaturated it a little bit and added a vignette (which i think is too strong now). Also I took the shot with sunset light which contributed to the golden colors. Rookie editing Now I use Adobe Lightroom and I like it a lot better because its very easy to use.

  • Welcome, Omair! Would you be willing to explain as an answer here? That way, it benefits everyone, not just Paolo?
    – mattdm
    Mar 28 '12 at 16:35
  • (And, do you mind if the image is linked inline into the question?)
    – mattdm
    Mar 28 '12 at 16:35
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    Cool. Hope you stick around the site!
    – mattdm
    Mar 28 '12 at 16:58
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    Wow, that's a lot of run-on sentences. Could you give a little more details? "messing around with the curves...", "I would just try random things...", "...I desaturated it little", "added a vignette", "no goal in mind...""Also I took the shot with sunset light". Just a few more details please???
    – J. Walker
    Mar 28 '12 at 23:29
  • THanks for asnwering, for sure you are the best source :) Actually it would be nice to have some information on curves: color space used, what shape had the curves: S shape, concave or convex, etc.
    – Paolo
    Mar 29 '12 at 17:48

Photo has a vignette and little sepia effect I believe. I believe also that WB setting is set to cloudy cause it has this yellowish feeling. I believe that red is desaturated a little bit


I think the most important step is with the exposure. The image here has some nice mid to shadow areas to play with, punctuated by a few intense highlights, this also makes most of the image subdued except for the orange and yellow pop of the roses.

After that to my eyes...

There appears to be a moderate amount of contrast, I'm not seeing too many crushed blacks and only a few blown highlights.

Obviously a yellow cast has been added, either by white balance or a color overlay. Saturation seems somewhat high, you can see some of the color of the bench being over-saturated on the left.

I think a good amount of sharpness has been added, possibly by local contrast enhancement (clarity) / highpass sharpening.

Finally, a lot of vignetting has been added, which darkens the edges of the image to focus the image on the subject.

Overall, it's a nice, carefully crafted image.

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